Struggle Well.
Fight for Progress.
Know the One Who
Has Fought for You.

There are no shortcuts to a meaningful life.
To experience serenity, we must struggle.
To find rest, we must train our hands for war.

God has given us structures and strategies for our spiritual lives, and they work if we work them.


Do you feel frustrated by a pattern of personal failures, overwhelmed by a chaotic culture, or disillusioned by a lack of meaning in everyday life? Your struggles do not mean you’re doomed. They’re actually a sign that you are alive. Now it’s a question of whether you will struggle well.

Rest & War is a field guide, a book of ancient methods of transformation transposed into a modern key that offers biblical and practical guidance to:

  • Battle what’s holding you back while building what will propel you forward
  • Trade patterns of thinking that diminish intimacy with God for ones that encourage it
  • Fight sin and cultivate an environment that allows you to flourish
  • Design your everyday schedule based on your God-given purposes to bring more meaning into your routines

Life is hard, but there are promises to grip. Strategies and tactics to employ. Progress to be made. Flee evil and pursue intimacy with your Creator. Uproot what is broken and cultivate what is life-giving. Make war on what is destructive, and rest in the God who loves you. Are you ready to walk elegantly through the battlefield of life?



Embracing the rhythms of a well-fought life

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Rest & War Audiobook
kind words from wise friends
We've all felt battle-weary and discouraged at different times throughout our lives as Christians. Ben Stuart knows what this feels like and teaches readers to know the right time to rest and the right time to war with Jesus by our side. In Rest & War, you'll find the companion you've been waiting for as you look to honor God with the way you spend your days and mental energy. Life may not always be easy, but this book will help you learn to live your one life well!
Lysa TerKuerst
#1 New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31Ministries
Profound yet practical. Ben has made a habit of examining the Scripture to mine the truth from the text and this book is proof of that pursuit. In Rest & War, he’s stepped into a cultural crisis and has held up a beacon of light and hope through the person and way of Jesus. From the earliest chapters in Genesis, we see our God creating structure in a way that brings about life and flourishing, and that is what Ben is bringing to the table with this book: strategic structure that doesn’t just change your schedule but changes your heart as well.
Louie Giglio
Pastor of Passion City Church, Founder of Passion Conferences, Author of Don't Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table
There is a war for our faith and Rest & War will give you the tools and courage to fight.
Jennie Allen
New York Times Bestselling Author of Get Out of Your Head, Founder + Visionary of IF:Gathering
Rest & War: Rhythms of a Well-Fought Life, is a breath of fresh air for our generation. His practical and encouraging words help us all learn how to better cultivate true intimacy with Jesus as we navigate the complexities of our daily lives.
Sadie Robertson Huff
Author, Speaker, and Founder of Live Original 
One of the most common answers I hear when I ask someone “How are you?” is, “I’m tired.” It reveals how the pace of our world is often at war with the steadfast way of living that Jesus invites us to. Rest & War is a book that intentionally examines and practically equips you to live out the rhythms of Jesus in our modern day world.  
Kyle Idleman
Bestselling author of not a fan and One at a Time
Rest & War...the very ingredients needed to not just face the chaos of life, but to come out stronger on the other side.  Ben communicates clearly the ways to struggle well in a world that does not know rest. This resource will help you navigate this beautiful tension in your spiritual life and set in place disciplines that will help you flourish.
Levi Lusko
Lead Pastor of Fresh Life Church and bestselling author
Rest & War is a needed voice in the chaotic world we face today! I am so thankful Ben has put pen to paper to help us navigate spiritual life and set disciplines to help us flourish. Life is hard, but God is good. Thank you, Ben, for this resource!
3x GRAMMY nominee
Rest & War is a game changing, difference making, paradigm shifting book. A guide and encouragement to live out the fullness of faith and to deflect the deception of empty lies. Ben masterfully weaves wit and wisdom to set a clear path for our journey. Read this book with your heart and put it to action in your steps… as you fulfill God’s purpose for your life through Rest& War.
Gregg Matte
Pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church
I truly believe that Ben Stuart is one of the most effective communicators of God’s Word in this generation. Whether the word is preached, written, or even a simple conversation, you walk away saying, “I get it!” In Rest& War, Ben gives us a simple, sound and strategic game-plan on finding our rest in the Lord while engaging in life’s unrelenting battles. Thank you, brother. God’s…Perfect…Timing!
Mikado Hinson
Texas A&M Football, Director of Player Development


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Ben Stuart is the Pastor of Passion City Church, Washington D.C. He previously served as the executive director of Breakaway Ministries, a weekly Bible study attended by thousands of college students on the campus of Texas A&M, for eleven years. Ben earned a master’s degree in historical theology from Dallas Theological Seminary.

He and his wife, Donna, live to inspire and equip people to walk with God for a lifetime. They currently reside in the Washington, D.C. area with their three kids, Hannah, Sparrow, and Owen. Ben is the author of Rest & War: Rhythms of a Well Fought Life, Single, Dating, Engaged, Married: Navigating Life and Love in the Modern Age, and the Bible study, This Changes Everything.


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